[Continued from Legislative Outlook 2010-11 (Part 4 of 6)]
(a) Health Bill
The main elements of the Bill are:
- To establish an "independent NHS Board" to allocate resources and provide "commissioning guidance". The coalition has said the Board's funding will be protected through "ring fenced budgets" and allocations will be weighted towards the most disadvantaged areas through payment of a "health premium". Ultimately, the plan is for local NHS organisations to then spend the allocations. They will, however, work closely with "local authorities, voluntary organisations and local business", who will be paid on a performance basis to improve public health.
- To allow GPs to commission services on behalf of their patients, apparently to cut down on administration. The coalition will also introduce new "incentives" for GPs to prioritise preventative measures.
- To strengthen the role of the Care Quality Commission and develop Monitor into an economic regulator to oversee aspects of "access and competition" in the NHS.